Flubber (1997)

Concept featured in clip:
Properties of life; Making scientific observations
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Summary of clip: Professor Brainard creates a remarkable new substance, flubber. In the clip Prof. Brainard makes observations about his new invention.

Connection of flickclip to the concept:When introducing the scientific method, this could be a great way to introduce the importance of making good scientific observations. Also, this could be a good way to introduce the properties of life.
Suggestions to teachers:
1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What qualities of life does flubber show?

b. What other things/organisms display qualities of life but may or may not be alive?

c. Do you think this is an accurate image of a scientist at work?

d. What scientific observations does Prof. Brainard make?

2. You can show the clip as in introduction and have the students discuss the properties of life that flubber shows, and how some things have some but not all characteristics of life but are not alive, e.g. seeds, fire, crystals.